“If You Were Raised With Christ, Seek What Is Above”

The readings during these past Sundays have been taking us on a spiritual path to place Jesus in the most prominent position in our hearts. I have been preaching to my people in Christ the King about choosing Christ as the "Best Part." As Jesus said, “Only one thing is necessary.” This "One Thing" is the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ, the
"Good," above every other good.

Now if Jesus is really the "Good" that fulfills the deepest desires and needs of our souls, why are we so easily distracted in the passing things of this world - vanity of vanities - as the first reading tells us? It is time to listen to God's calling and be obedient to His voice and His mission. Let us stop giving excuses to delay our answer and let us join the work of the Church. There is no time to wait. It is today that we need to bring more people to Jesus; it is today that we need to act together to bring the gospel to our youth in Long Branch; it is today that the parish needs you to support our programs--catechism, prayer groups, Rosary Altar Society, Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, altar servers, Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, social concern group, bereavement ministry, ushers, and sacristans. These groups and others are constantly taking place in our parish to make this community vibrant in faith and help us proclaim that Jesus is the center of our life and that here in our parish Christ IS the King.

I would like you to think about what, in a very concrete way, are the signs that manifest that you have chosen Jesus as the best part. He will not be taken from you.

May the Lord in His kindness keep calling you to a more committed and holy life. May God bless you and may the Blessed Mother protect you.

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